Last time I couldn’t believe I did six, now I can’t believe I did seven!
All the dancing in January were built up to this point, to this one evening. It felt rather special you know, maybe it’s the lucky seven or the fact the people involved were special. It’s been one cracking day, I am absolutely drained but felt compelled to write about this before I slip into bed.
It started well for me, I had a decent lie-in and felt relaxed with all three routines I was doing – there was a minor blip when my friend told me she couldn’t make it, her knees swelled up. I thought about her positioning and didn’t think it affected us too much, it’s a shame she couldn’t make it, I hope she gets well soon but as the saying go, the show must go on!
I tucked into a hearty lunch and was at the place by 3pm, we had the Rhythm2Dance dress rehearsal before everyone else – well, that was the plan but everyone else walked in before we got started. It was well received, personally I thought it was a very slow piece to dance to, but people liked it.
Soon the R2D gang left and I stayed for Tap and Contemporary, it went fine – the early nerves dissipated once I got going, I’m always nervous at first but it’s normal, this was my seventh time! And I’ve been telling people five or six. Like all show days, time went fast and even faster for me as I raced around the building rehearsing between Studio 2 and the tucked-away Green Room. I had no time for break and food, my stomach started grumbling even before the show – I was grateful for a couple of people offering me peanuts and a cereal bar! That shut my stomach up a little.
We rehearsed the entire run in Studio 2 again, sorted out our new positions for the missing person. That went good, again another good reception – we had 15 minutes before the show start, I managed to slip downstairs for one last rehearsal with R2D, I was quite aware of the time and by sheer coincidence I walked out of Green Room in time with Contemporary waiting to go on backstage. Joined up and… on we went! By then I had very little nerve, been too busy to think about it and was too buzzed to worry, it was a case of one down, three to go! Again, the reception was good… we did a good job!
I got changed into my Tap gear and rested… that was probably the only period I had a chance to sit down. We had one more run through our piece and mostly I caught up with everyone, I was in three groups so my time had to be divided equally! It wasn’t a long break, soon we were down and back for number 2. I think it went ok, I didn’t have any big issues except during entry point, probably got thrown off because we came on too soon. Not a big deal, the rest of the routine went well and YES, even with the Maxi Fords. The ending was smooth and it was good for me, I did hear one of the girls didn’t do too well but I’ve no idea, I’m sure she’s fine but I guess only the video will tell.
I ran up to get changed and ran back down to rejoin R2D, we weren’t going to miss the slot this time. We missed earlier rehearsal when I went to fetch them but they took their time about it. I had to get across how imperative it was to rush out, the show won’t stop for anyone. You can’t be slow about it! I’m sure D will be quicker next time!
The last one was incredible. The initial slow dance took a lot out of my already knackered body, I think it went well and I got all the steps correct and with panache. The party started after the initial routine – the freestyle bit involved the audience and by my surprise, everyone sunk their teeth into it. Literally the whole audience joined into the arm waving, the engineers even turned the lights on so we can see what was happening! It was an amazing sight and gave everybody a real buzz on the stage, it’s quite a scene to see every single person waving their arms and joining in. It felt like ages but maybe just a couple of minutes, sweat was pouring from my head but to see the audience so happy made my day, apparently the Tappers, Contemporary, the teachers all joined in.
The applause was rapturous, I was just glad it was over, not that I didn’t enjoy it – I was just far too tired to carry on! We assembled at the bar, I mingled with everyone, Ailsa and Karen praised us. I finally had a chance to relax and catch up. I had a few random people telling me I was good – nice confidence booster, they were strangers walking by or I made eye contact with. I didn’t think I was but thanks! I could be so much better, I need to push my standard even higher.
Bar time came to an end and R2D went to Briton’s Protection, I joined them with SW and her partner J, we always drink after shows – I enjoy their company. It was a lovely end to a manic day – three beers was enough to call it a night, bid adios to R2D, it’s lovely to chat to them on a social setting rather than class… we were all on a high after the show.
I scoffed down a dirty kebab, don’t think I’ll ever get another one of those from the place nearby, it had grit in it. I was starving… it feels horrible inside now. Too late anyway. I had my shower and I’m so ready for bed… it’s nearing 3am so… yes bed. I will sleep like a log!
What a day, what a show, the best one yet I’m told. Really? Well, I’m glad they liked the quality! More to come!
In meantime, zzzzz……..